Demon Hunts (Walker Papers #5) by C.E. Murphy (review)

August 17, 2016 All Reviews, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy 0 ★★★½

Demon Hunts (Walker Papers #5) by C.E. Murphy (review)Demon Hunts (Walker Papers, #5) by C.E. Murphy
Series: Walker Papers #5
Published by LUNA on June 1st 2010
Number of Pages: 368
Genres: Paranormal, Urban
Source: Library
Format: eBook
Purchase: At Amazon

Seattle police detective Joanne Walker started the year mostly dead, and she's ending it trying not to be consumed by evil. Literally.

She's proven she can handle the gods and the walking dead. But a cannibalistic serial killer? That's more than even she bargained for. What's worse, the brutal demon can only be tracked one way. If Joanne is to stop its campaign of terror, she'll have to hunt it where it lives: the Lower World, a shamanistic plane of magic and spirits.

Trouble is, Joanne's skills are no match for the dangers she's about to face—and her on-the-job training could prove fatal to the people she's sworn to protect….

I do love how this series always seems to come up with a rarer fantasy creature or scenario in every book. It’s not the over-done vampire or werewolf (as much as I love both creatures, they seem to pop up everywhere in Urban Fantasy…) I won’t spoil you and tell you what the creature was, but I really liked how the clues were laid out, and the neat twist on the creature itself.

An old favorite character of mine appears in this book. I totally squee’d when they appeared, and I’m hoping to get to see a lot more of them in the series now that they have appeared in this book.

I liked how Joanne’s powers are developing. They aren’t growing exactly, not in strength anyway. But the way she is learning to use them is growing. In previous books she’s always had to use car references to fix herself and other things. In this book, she acknowledges that she is finally growing past that, even if the car analogies are still the easiest way for her to focus on what needs fixing.

I love the magic in this series. It makes a lot of sense to me, and I can easily visualize what is happening most of the time. If you aren’t familiar at all with Native American culture and Shamanism, it might be a bit confusing at times. But mostly the author does an amazing job of explaining what’s going on, without it ever being too much.

If you like Urban Fantasy, and are looking for something that goes beyond vampires and werewolves, you should give this series a try.


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